I listened to the bootstrapped podcast with Patio11 and I found the open source part very interesting. In my spare time I have building an open source blogging app named WardrobeCMS. My reasons for building it to begin with was mainly to scratch my own itch and build something I would like to use. With that said, right now it is geared more for developers since the install requires a few steps not suitable for the masses. Of course this can be changed but hasn’t been a priority right now.
I had been thinking about ways to just make side money from the app. Something I could do a few hours a night. I was thinking of the common ways such as offering hosting, offer installation service, turn it into a saas app, etc… But the more I think about it the more I keep thinking that is not the best product for monetizing.
Why I am thinking this is because blogging platforms are a commodity now with Tumblr, WP, and a slew of others. Plus every CMS has blogging built in. So is this not the best industry or should I build something more niche?
At any rate I wanted to throw this out and see if anyone had any thoughts and see if you agreed with my thought process.